How to Apply

The MD Program seeks diverse, high-achieving students who have excellent academic records paired with evidence of a commitment to serving others. Our goal is to support and direct our students to become skilled, empathetic physicians who are leaders in their chosen field. 

Wake Forest School of Medicine receives more than 10,000 applications each year, with 140 applicants chosen to matriculate. Applicants are considered based on their academic and personal qualifications, with attention given to the values of Wake Forest School of Medicine. These values include excellence, compassion, service, integrity, diversity, collegiality and innovation.

Wake Forest School of Medicine does not accept applicants for transfer or for admission with advanced standing (i.e., transfer students).

Important Admissions Dates

AMCAS application open for submission
June 1, 2018
Verified AMCAS applications sent to School of Medicine July 1, 2018
Early Decision Program Deadline August 1, 2018
Early Decision Program offers of acceptance made October 1, 2018
AMCAS application deadline October 15, 2018
Regular Decision offers of acceptance made Oct. 15, 2018 - Mar. 15, 2019
WFSOM secondary application due November 30, 2018
“Plan to Enroll” Option becomes available  February 19, 2019
Accepted students narrow offers to three medical schools (if applicable)  April 15, 2019
“Commit to Enroll” option becomes available April 30, 2019
“Commit to Enroll” *Required for those accepted 21 days prior to Orientation (Date TBD)

Submitting an Application

Prospective students interested in pursuing the MD program are required to apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), the American Association of Medical Colleges’ (AAMC’s) centralized medical school application processing service. Only applications that are verified by AMCAS are processed to the Office of Admissions.

Required Documents

All of the following must be submitted through the AMCAS application to be considered:

  • Transcripts
  • Work experience, extracurricular activities, awards
  • Letters of Evaluation
  • Personal Comments essay
  • MCAT® exam scores

Letters of Evaluation

All letters of evaluation should be submitted via the AMCAS Letter Service. The Committee on Admissions prefers a Premedical Committee report or letter packet. While the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) lists 6 as the maximum number of letter we accept, your file is marked as complete once your letter packet/committee letter or two letters of recommendation are received.

Secondary Application

When the AMCAS application is verified, applicants will receive instructions by email for completing the WFSM MD Secondary Application. There is a $125 Secondary Application fee. The $125 secondary application fee is waived for those who receive the AMCAS fee waiver. We highly recommend that students review the previous year’s class profile to determine if their application is competitive and if returning a secondary application is in their best interest. Secondary applications due by November 30th, 2018; however, it is in an applicant’s best interest to turn it in as soon as possible for review purposes.

Interview Process

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by email or phone to schedule. The interviews are conducted in person on the School of Medicine campus only. We do not offer regional interviews.

Wake Forest School of Medicine uses a hybrid method of Multiple Mini Interview’s. Applicants will cycle through a total of 8 scenario stations. Business attire is appropriate and recommended during interviews. Applicants will need to check in at 8:15 am and will be finished by 1:15 pm. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Due to our interview format, we are unable to accommodate travel delays and late arrivals.

Application Review and Processing

Before your file can be marked complete and ready for review by the Committee on Admissions you must

  • Return your secondary application, including Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores
  • Upload all letters of evaluation to AMCAS.

    The Office of Student Admissions does not accept grade or coursework updates after the AMCAS application has been submitted. You can submit updates through your applicant portal to be placed in your file, but we cannot guarantee that it will be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions.

    Applications marked complete will be reviewed continuously through the interview season (September through March). 

    Early Decision Program

    Application for Early Decision can be made through AMCAS from June 1 to August 1.

    Early Decision candidates are informed of their program status in September and offers of acceptance made by October 1.

    The Early Decision Program gives medical school applicants the opportunity to secure an acceptance from one EDP-participating medical school by October 1, while still allowing sufficient time to apply to other schools if you are not accepted. Wake Forest School of Medicine participates in the AAMC Early Decision Program. For more information, please visit the AAMC's website.